About the School of Social Work


Portrait of Dr. Stephen Kapp

Stephen Kapp, Ph.D.

Director, School of Social Work

Email: sakapp@ualr.edu

It is my pleasure to welcome you to the UA Little Rock School of Social Work. The University of Arkansas at Little Rock is a metropolitan research university that provides a vibrant setting for our research and service activities. The city offers the program a network of social work mentors and rich social service environments for student internships. The School’s research and service efforts are centered in the urban center and throughout the state.

Our program offers:

  • Face-to-face and online course formats taught by dedicated faculty
  • Student advising  by faculty for high-quality support and guidance
  • Agency-based internships to develop skills under the supervision of an experienced social worker
  • CSWE accredited program; graduates are eligible for professional social work licenses (LSW, LMSW, LCSW)
  • High graduate employment rate
  • Our graduates are welcomed into a professional network of 300+ social workers across the state

As you become a social worker, you join a profession focused on promoting social justice and directly addressing all forms of oppression. Our curriculum equips graduates with a knowledge base, a core set of values and a concrete skill set to identify and address disparities that impact individuals and families as well as their communities. We encourage you to join us in our mission.


The UA Little Rock School of Social Work was established in 1969 with the creation of the UA Little Rock Graduate Social Work Program, which is the oldest and largest social work program in the state and currently employs 18 faculty and staff. We are housed in the College of Business, Health, and Human Services.

Our degree programs include a Master of Social Work (MSW) degree with both a clinical concentration and a management and community practice concentration as well as a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree. In the fall 2016 semester, the School of Social Work launched an online MSW degree program and in the fall 2017 semester, we launched an online BSW degree program. In partnership with the UA Little Rock Bowen School of Law, we offer a joint MSW/JD degree. We also offer a minor in gerontology at the undergraduate level and the Graduate Gerontology Certificate, which can be completed in conjunction with the MSW degree. We currently have approximately 375 students enrolled in our various degree programs. We work closely with MidSouth, the community service unit of the School of Social Work, and the largest grant producing center at UA Little Rock.


The mission of the UA Little Rock School of Social Work is to prepare ethical graduates who accept and appreciate diversity, who empower people and communities to meet the challenges of poverty and social and economic injustice, and who serve oppressed and vulnerable populations at the local, state, national, and international levels.

BSW Mission Statement

We are committed to the values of diversity, human rights, and social justice. With this value base, we educate our students in the knowledge, values, and skills necessary for generalist practice within our diverse population and prepare students for graduate and life-long learning. (Revised April 2010)

MSW Mission Statement

The mission of the graduate program of the School of Social Work, building on a strong generalist foundation, is to prepare graduates for leadership roles in clinical practice and in management and community practice within the social welfare system in Arkansas. Our commitment is to discover and disseminate knowledge, embrace diversity, to serve our communities and organizations, and to eliminate the barriers that oppressed and vulnerable people face.

Towards this mission, MSW program faculty prepare graduates not only for general social work practice but also one of two specialized concentrations; Advanced Direct Practice (clinical) work or Management and Community Practice.